”Mourdock is clearly the anti-establishment guy,” said Kline, who sported a hat emblazoned with the unofficial Tea Party logo of a coiled snake and the words Don’t Tread on Me.
Kline is convinced Mourdock’s strength was sealed when Tea Party members across the state coalesced behind a single candidate, rather than fielding several candidates as they did in the 2010 primary, which was won by the GOP establishment’s candidate, now U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.
”We’ve been told we’re dying out,” Kline said of the Tea Party movement. “But it’s just that we don’t do as many rallies anymore. Now we’ve got boots on the ground.”